Just a week ago, Alan Jackson released the first single from his upcoming album, “Angels And Alcohol.” Depending on how long you have been following this blog/website, you may or may not know that Alan Jackson is my all-time favorite artist, in any genre. With that being said, I am absolutely ecstatic about new material!
However, I don’t know that “Jim And Jack And Hank” is the single that will take Alan Jackson back to #1 on the country music charts, but it NEEDS to do something. The last single that Jackson reached the Top 40 Country charts with was “So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore,” which peaked at #25 in 2012. The last Top 10 hit was way back in 2009 with “Sissy’s Song.” Of course, in 2013 he released a gospel album and a bluegrass album, which let’s be honest, won’t get you any radio love these days, no matter how good.
Being one of the last few mainstream artists that stick to a generally traditional sound, there is a real challenge, not only to chart, but to get radio play, period. Sure, at this point Jackson probably doesn’t NEED to chart, or sell millions of records, but country music NEEDS Alan Jackson to chart and sell millions of records. If the listening public shows up in high enough numbers, perhaps the executives, radio and other modern artists will see that there is still interest in a traditional sound.
I am at the edge of my seat waiting for the release of the new record (I pre-ordered 3 months ago!) While I don’t know if “Jim And Jack And Hank” is the one to bring Alan Jackson to the top again, I truly hope that “Angels And Alcohol” does indeed contain something that will.
“Angels And Alcohol”, Alan Jackson’s 15th studio album, will be released on July 17th and is currently available for pre-order.